Saline Township Hears About Road Projects, Sewage Treatment for River Ridge Residents

 04/16/2018 - 12:49
Roy Townsend, managing director for the Washtenaw County Road Commission, addresses the Saline Township Board.

The Washtenaw County Road Commission presented its road repair schedule for Saline Township at the April township board meeting on Monday, 4-09-18. Managing Director Roy Townsend summarized 2017 activities and outlined the 2018 repair schedule for the township.

Townsend said that the Road Commission has allocated a total of $1,100,000 for the 2018 conventional Local Road Matching Program, which represents a $400,000 increase over 2017. There was $200,000 allocated for the 2018 drainage matching program for local, uncurbed, non-subdivision roads in the county. Saline Township contributes $8,125 towards the drainage matching program.

Townsend said that for the township the proposed 2018 activities included a dust control program for 28.75 miles of certified local gravel road for three solid applications using a brine application. That has an estimated cost $28,000.

There are also several local road projects.

  • Grass Road: 1,000 feet north of Austin Road to Township line, work to include roadside berm removal, ditching, reshaping the existing surface, the placement of six inches (C.I.P.) of 23a limestone (approximately 1,200 tons) with associated dust control and project restoration – estimated cost $28,000.
  • Roehm Road: Braun Road to Willow Road, work to include reshaping the existing surface, the placement of six inches (C.I.P.) of 23a limestone (approximately 3,000 tons) with associated dust control and project restoration – estimated cost $50,600.
  • Mohart Road: Arkona Road to Hack Road, work to include reshaping the existing surface, the placement of six inches (C.I.P.) of 23a limestone (approximately 3,350 tons) with associated dust control and project restoration – estimated cost $56,400.
  • Maple Road: Hack Road to Arkona Road, work to include berm removal, ditching, reshaping the existing surface, the placement of six inches (C.I.P.) of 23a limestone (approximately 4,000 tons) with associated dust control and project restoration – estimated cost $96,400.

Townsend explained that the WCRC has shared responsibility for road maintenance, with other local governments and the State of Michigan. Township Supervisor Jim Marion asked about the time frame for the Macon Road bridge repair and Townsend said while he didn’t have a specific date, he did say that the culvert repair to the bridge is expected to be completed in 2018.

In response to questions from the residents in attendance at the meeting, Townsend said York Township had prohibited the use of their roads by large trucks, which necessitated the trucks to divert to other local roads, increasing the truck traffic on some rural roads. Township resident Neil Bohnett confirmed that the truck traffic on his road has increased and he was concerned increased traffic would hasten the deterioration of other rural roads in the township.

In other township business, the board approved the installation of a phone at the township hall where residents can leave a voice mail message. Currently residents must call board members at their homes.

Supervisor Jim Marion said he had a meeting where the River Ridge treatment plant was discussed. He said the township would lend their support to others who wanted to encourage the transfer of ownership of the River Ridge waste water treatment plant to the City of Saline. That would benefit the residents of the apartments and condos and would ensure that there won’t be two separate treatment plants close to the City’s waste water treatment system.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:28 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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